A nurse allegedly murdered by her boyfriend inside their flat lost her uncle just four weeks before she was stabbed to death.
Cait O’Brien, 31, was found dead after police kicked down the door about 7.30pm on Tuesday to conduct a welfare check.
Her boyfriend Shea Sturt, 33, was arrested by homicide police soon after the body was discovered in Gardenvale, southeast Melbourne.
Cait O’Brien, 31, was found dead after police kicked down the door on Tuesday to conduct a welfare check
Shea Sturt, 33, was arrested by homicide police soon after the body was discovered, and charged with murder
A close family member said Ms O’Brien was the ‘most beautiful girl’ and hoped justice would be served.
Her death is a double tragedy for the family as her uncle Russell Gill died just four weeks ago, aged 68.
Ms O’Brien also had brain surgery on June 14 to remove a brain tumour and praised Sturt for cooking and taking care of household chores as she recovered.
A neighbour said the couple lived in the apartment for two years, but she hadn’t been seen for weeks.
Her death is a double tragedy for the family as her uncle Russell Gill died just four weeks ago, aged 68
Accused murderer Sturt faced Melbourne Magistrate’s court on Wednesday morning
‘It would be at least four or five weeks since we’ve seen her, which was out of the ordinary,’ neighbour Julie told 9 News.
‘That’s what’s worried me. The fact that we hadn’t seen her for a while – how long has she been up there for?’
Julie said the woman, who worked full time, was ‘introverted’ and though she had a ‘happy face’ she was ‘timid’ ‘just never looked happy’.
Another neighbour said they heard noises or disturbances over the time the couple lived in the flat, but nothing suspicious.
A man has been charged with murder after a woman known to him was found dead inside an apartment in this complex in Gardenvale, Melbourne
The woman could have been lying dead on the floor of the flat (pictured) for up to five weeks as neighbours hadn’t seen her for a long time
Forensics officers cordoned off parts of the building on Kooyong Road and were combing through the second-floor flat.
Police said the exact circumstances and cause of death are yet to be established and investigations are ongoing.
Accused murderer Sturt faced Melbourne Magistrate’s court on Wednesday morning.